I just turned on the Angels-Dodgers exhibition game on MLB Network and learned that Brooklyn and LA Dodgers Hall of Famer Duke Snider has passed away at the age of 84.
Kind of ironic that I was tuned into a Dodgers game.
A few weeks ago a former Brooklyn Dodger, Gino Cimoli, passed away and now The Duke. Not too many of the "Boys of Summer" are left, to take the title of Rogers Kahn's classic book.
Soon unfortunately there won't be any former Brooklyn Dodgers alive and that will be sad.
I never met Duke Snider but from all indications he was a quality guy. I read his book, "The Duke of Flatbush" a couple of years ago and it was a good book, one that brings you back to the glory days of baseball in New York City.
In those days you had Mickey Mantle in centerfield for the Yankees, Willie Mays for the Giants and patrolling center in Ebbets Field was The Duke, or as they said in Brooklyn, "Da Dook."
Duke and the other two were immortalized in Terry Cashman's catchy tune, "Talking Baseball" which had the great line, "Willie, Mickey and The Duke."
Sad day in baseball today.